1199SEIU members at Albany County Nursing Home (ACNH), a publicly-run skilled nursing facility in New York’s Capital Region, are sighing with relief, for a while at least. At the July meeting of the Albany County Legislature, the 39-member elected body voted overwhelmingly to approve the workers’ contract, the final step in a long process. The agreement was ratified by the membership and signed by the county executive in late May.
At a hearing on June 21, DC Councilmembers looked at the troubling record of VMT, a private health services contractor that runs the District-owned J.B. Johnson Nursing Center. Specifically the Committees on Government Operations, Health and Aging looked into allegations of financial mismanagement of public funds by the company, at questionably high compensation for VMT's sole shareholder, Solanges Vivens, and at VMT's failure to settle a first contract with workers who voted (165 to 0) more than two years ago to join together with 1199 SEIU.
As healthcare workers know, hospitals frequently have staffing shortages that hurt patient care. Why does this happen when these jobs are in demand? According to this March 1st NY Times article, “Where the Jobs Are, the Training May Not Be,” this problem is linked to short-sighted funding cuts. Since nursing education is expensive, states have drastically slashed spending on these programs, forcing universities to scale them back. This is despite the fact that jobs in nursing, along with other in-demand professions like computer science and engineering, have been historically linked to economic growth. Hear that 1 percenters? If we want to boost our economy, you better start paying your fair share of taxes so we can fund nursing education. http://nyti.ms/zKshUO
Workers are currently in negoatiations with management for a new labor contract. Management has proposed only wage freezes and no additional money needed to cover rising healthcare costs in the employee insurance fund. While these workers care for our families, shouldn't they be able to support their own?
Sign the petition. Tell management these workers deserve a fair shake!63 signatures
"I stand with the caregivers of Clark Nursing and Rehabilitation and Burnt Tavern Rehabilitation Centers who are fighting for decent wage increases and to keep their existing healthcare benefits.
Healthcare workers need benefits that will keep them—and those they care for—healthy and safe. They also need wage increases that keep pace with the increasing cost of living in New Jersey.
The SEIU1199 caregivers at Clark and Burnt Tavern take pride in the work they do. In order to provide the best quality care to their residents, they need a fair contract with decent wages and affordable benefits ... so they can take care of their own families a the same time they care for many of those in our community."
1199SEIU welcomed a crowd of activists, journalists and the general public to the January 9 opening reception for its new multimedia exhibit "Union Power Print Power: A Retrospective of 1199SEIU's Publication." Over light refreshments, guests previewed short films, award-winning photos, graphics, stories and letters published in 1199's current publication Our Life and Times, and its predecessor publications spanning from 1929 to present.
Hundreds of our union brothers and sisters from across Maryland will rally at the state capitol on January 16. We'll call on elected leaders to stand with working families and promote a society that lives up to the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 5, members of 1199SEIU in Baltimore hosted the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO, as the 300,000-member labor federation announced support for a marriage equality bill proposed by Governor Martin O’Malley for this year’s Maryland legislative session.
Monday, January 16th, we will be observing the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If he were alive today, what do you think he would want to tell us?
Stop the Cuts: Thousands rally at Wang Theatre in downtown Boston to protest cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
On Wednesday, November 9 thousands of people gathered at the Wang Theatre in Boston’s Theatre District to protest cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
As a congressional Super-Committee readies its recommendations on reducing the federal deficit, the event attracted union members, seniors, community groups, and other organizations concerned about cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.